VictorOps Eliminates Alert Fatigue for IT Teams and Uncovers the Actionable Data For More Efficient Ops Practices Oct 1, 2014 12:21PM

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the proliferation of monitoring and analysis tools, the noise level for IT teams has increased to the point of being distracting. Recognizing the problem, VictorOps, the leading DevOps collaboration and incident management platform, today announced a set of Resolution Analytics tools that makes finding what is important and actionable simple.

Resolution Analytics is about giving people the tools and data they need to make better, more informed decisions. VictorOps Resolution Analytics tools are made up of four different incident management reports that address the need for quieting and cleaning up the alert noise.

The data housed in these new reports are related to incidents, acknowledgements, and recovery of an organization. When used with VictorOps' post-mortem reporting, IT and DevOps teams gain meaningful information that not only eliminates alert fatigue, but enables teams to create better ops organizations.

The four reports include:

  1. Incident Frequency: provides a graphical representation of the most frequent paging events and makes it easier to identify false alarms, thresholds that need to be modified or resources that need to be deployed.
  2. Incident Metrics: presents daily metrics and short-term trends for incidents, acknowledgements, and recovery while giving a quick glance at the load on teams.
  3. Mean Time To Resolve/Mean Time to Acknowledge: looks at the daily average acknowledgment and resolve rate and shows trends (both long and short) for average response and resolution times for incidents.
  4. Incident Trends: graphs a running average of incidents, acknowledgments, and resolves. It is a 15-day average of incident metrics, giving a smoother graph that shows long-term trends.

"VictorOps is dedicated to helping IT and DevOps teams solve problems faster and reducing alert fatigue is one way to do that," said Todd Vernon, co-founder and CEO, VictorOps. "There is room in every organization to optimize monitoring and improve the signal to noise ratio. With these Resolution Analytics tools, we are rolling out a set of reports that help teams reduce distractions and stay focused on the issues that really matter."

About VictorOps VictorOps is a collaborative platform designed for DevOps teams that combines the power of people and data to solve IT problems in real-time. The VictorOps platform seamlessly orchestrates team situational awareness, incident creation, escalation, notification, and remediation with team members regardless of physical location or time of day. Privately held, VictorOps is backed by Costanoa Venture Capital and Foundry Group. For more information, visit and follow the company on Twitter @GoVictorOps.

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Seven Advantages Career Changers Have When Purchasing a Leather Medic Franchise Oct 1, 2014 12:21PM

Lehigh Acres, Florida (PRWEB) October 01, 2014

Whether choosing a trade or degree, 18-22 year olds are faced with making critical career decisions. 80% of the 45+ age group feel like these choices have become a life-sentence, however, only 6% actually make a career change. This staggering statistic reflects a generation of dissatisfied individuals with their occupation. Owning a franchise such as Leather Medic could be an ideal solution for career changers and ignite their entrepreneurial spirit.

According to Mike Welch, president of FranNet Minnesota, statistics show that franchises are five times more likely than non-franchise businesses to be in operations after 10 years. Purchasing a franchise like Leather Medic helps career-changers move successfully into a new occupation that allows them to be more productive, energetic and motivated in life.

"The type of personality we encourage to look into Leather Medic's franchise opportunities are individuals that want to take control of their lives," states Chade Life, President of Leather Medic, Inc. "The Leather Medic franchise is a perfect opportunity for career changers that want to do things with their hands and work with people."

Career changers can learn the art of leather repair and restoration by purchasing a Leather Medic franchise. This type of skill-set is a service that cannot be outsourced or shipped overseas. A Leather Medic franchise offers new business owners many advantages including:

   •  Brand-name recognition and a track record of success
   •  Training program and start-up supplies
   •  Industry-designed and professional marketing materials
   •  Custom-fit business plan
   •  An opportunity to be the boss
   •  Flexibility in work schedule
   •  Low-risk investment cost

Leather Medic has been a trusted name in leather restoration for the over 26 years. It is a mobile service business that specializes in leather and vinyl repair and restoration on residential and commercial furniture, automotive, marine and aircraft. The company's vast portfolio of work features restoration projects that range from the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

As said by Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can't Ignore You, "Our future depends on our ability to develop rare and valuable skills." Buying a Leather Medic franchise is a great start to a new career. Go to to learn more.

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Vertellus Introduces Reilline® Resins to Global Laundry Market Oct 1, 2014 12:20PM

Indianapolis, Indiana (PRWEB) October 01, 2014

Vertellus is growing its footprint in the fabric and home care market. Effective October 1, Vertellus is ending its relationship with Ashland who formerly served as the exclusive distributor of Vertellus' patented PVNO dye transfer inhibitor technology sold under the Chromabond® name. Vertellus' decision to market these products solely under the Reilline resin brand reflects the company's focus on expanding its chemistries for customers in the fabric and home care sector.

Bradley Buehler, business director for Vertellus' personal and consumer care products, commented that the transition will allow Vertellus to work more closely and strategically with customers. "The transition to Reilline resins will facilitate an enhanced understanding of customer needs, ultimately helping us deliver more value to customers," Buehler said. He added that Vertellus will continue to produce the identical dye transfer inhibitor product using the same equipment, processes and manufacturing technologies.

The Reilline name succeeds Chromabond as the premier dye transfer inhibitor for detergent and laundry product manufacturers around the world. As Vertellus continues its role as manufacturer of the popular dye transfer inhibitor, it is also bringing Reilline sales and marketing operations in-house, creating an infrastructure that will support the introduction of additional home and fabric care technologies.

A value-added ingredient in high-performance detergents and laundry care products for more than a decade, the Reilline technology has emerged as a best-performing and cost effective agent for capturing fugitive dyes in the laundry process. Reilline's dye transfer inhibitors have been broadly accepted by manufacturers of the world's leading color-safe detergents and the consumers they serve.

The transition is part of a strategy to align the company's established leadership in the global pyridine marketplace with growing demand for color protection technologies. "The versatility of pyridine-based polymers makes our chemistries applicable to a wide breadth of manufacturers in the fabric and homecare marketplace," said Buehler. He added that Vertellus is seeing strong demand for color protection chemistries from emerging economies, as well as continued demand from customers in established markets. "While the Chromabond and Reilline trade names have been around for some time, changing market conditions continue to create new opportunities for color-protecting agents," he added. For example, growing interest in water conservation has driven demand for dye transfer inhibitors that protect fabrics in the harsh conditions associated with modern washing machines' reduced water usage.

Vertellus is introducing the Reilline name and its direct-to-market sales model during the Montreux World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, October 6-9, in Montreux Switzerland. Held every four years, the event convenes the world's leading fabric and home care manufacturers. "Montreux provides an opportunity for Vertellus to announce our expanded role from long-term maker to manufacturer and marketer of the Reilline technology. The venue also provides a forum for us to listen and engage with customers as we prepare to introduce new technologies to the fabric and home care market," Buehler said.

About Vertellus:
Vertellus is a specialty chemicals company focused on the manufacture of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, and a host of other market areas affected by trends favoring "green" technologies and chemistries. Vertellus is the #1 global producer of pyridine and picolines, specialty pyridine derivatives, DEET, castor oil derivatives and systems, and a world leader in vitamin B3 and citrate polymer additives and systems. Vertellus benefits from a technically advanced global manufacturing base and has approximately 800 employees. Vertellus is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Joe Issa Mentorship Spur Growth of Business in 2014 – Dominic McDowell Oct 1, 2014 12:20PM

(PRWEB) October 01, 2014

Twenty-six-year-old Dominic McDowell, owner of D.A.M. Good Brownies, a brand of chocolate-based brownies, says in an interview that the business is experiencing significant growth this year, as a result of the experience gained from a 12-week training programme at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean in Montego Bay, St. James and the mentorship of businessman and philanthropist, Joe Issa.

"This year, I have achieved significant growth of my small business, thanks to the training at the Branson Centre and the mentorship of Joe Issa.

"I started an awareness campaign and this has paid off with increased production and sales," says founder of D.A.M. Good Brownies, Dominic McDowell.

McDowell, who started operating the business from home three years ago but went full scale in January 2013, says "at first it was only me and afterwards I employed two workers and was producing 500 units per week. But after I started the training and began interacting with my mentor Joe Issa, I realised that more can be achieved. He encouraged me to expand and very quickly I moved to 600 units per week."

"Upon further consultation with my mentor I expanded further, to 1,000 units per week and within two weeks I will be producing 1,600 units per week," McDowell informs.

Growing his business on a model that involves only manufacturing and distribution, McDowell says he does not want a front store, even when he moves to a new and bigger location within two years. This business model, he states, has been supported by the training.

"My mentor was very supportive of my business model, which is to concentrate on production and distribution only. I don't want to get involved in setting up a sales outlet in front of my factory and he supported that. This means that my new factory does not have to be located on expensive, main street sites", he argues.

Stating that he has benefited immensely from his association with the centre and its mentorship programme, McDowell recalls that fortunate day in December 2012 when he came in contact with the centre for the first time.

"I had a booth at the Jamaica Young Professionals' Market Place and a vendor who was a past Branson Centre trainee invited me to view the centre's booth there and register to join its programme.

"I have absolutely no regrets since doing so; the training was great, we shared our experiences and formed strategic alliances. Joe Issa was extremely helpful. He enabled me to get access to human resources; I could call him and members of his team for assistance. The experience has been good for me; it has helped solidify my business model and enabled me to expand distribution," says McDowell.

He says Joe Issa encouraged him to make several strategic moves, which have enabled the business to expand, including the establishment of a website, to push the brand, which he describes as a cross between a cake and a cookie.

McDowell says he has also employed three Brand Ambassadors based at the University of the West Indies and University of Technology (U Tech) to promote the product. He says, "They do sales and create brand awareness and this has led to a significant increase in sales."

The D.A.M. Good Brownies brand, in which 'D.A.M.' represent McDowell's initials has already developed its own logo and other promotional material, which are distributed by the Brand Ambassadors at the universities and at other promotional events.

McDowell says getting to where he is at today has not been easy. "The journey has been overwhelming, in terms of the varied leaning experiences. I had to make a lot of sacrifices to benefit the business and I know that lots more sacrifices will have to be made to get to where I want," he says, stating that the experience so far has been rewarding.

"I got lots of encouragements and some criticisms, in order to improve the business," he says, while encouraging small entrepreneurs "to register with the Centre and seek the mentorship of Joe Issa who, along with Ben Carson's 'Think Big' have taught me to avoid the fear of failure, be strong, believe in what I want and go for it with confidence."

The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean was opened in Montego Bay by Sir Richard Branson in September 2011, "to support the development of small and growing businesses to create jobs and contribute to the economy in the Caribbean region," says its website,

Since the launch, 60 entrepreneurs have accessed the programme, representing a wide range of industries, including agriculture, the creative arts, ICT, fashion and accessories, environmental protection and tourism products.

Famously known as founder and chairman of the Virgin Group of some 400 companies, Sir Richards' successful business strategies have been emulated by like-minded persons throughout the world, including his friend Joe Issa who, within 15 years has grown his Cool brand from one, to a number of successful companies, according to the Cool Group website,

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Volkswagen Canada Fights Cold Weather with Hot Sales Oct 1, 2014 12:18PM

AJAX, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/01/14 -- In many parts of our country, September brought with it an unkind mix of summer heat, and a snowy preview of the winter ahead. Despite the chill in the air, sales at Volkswagen Canada certainly showed no signs of cooling off, as the company set a new all-time record for the month, delivering 6,381 new cars and light trucks from its 136 dealers. The total represented a 12% increase over last year (5,701). Year-to-date, 51,167 new Volkswagens have been sold, 7% more than last year.

The company's most popular models remain unchanged from the previous month. The all-new, 7th generation 2015 Golf and GTI combined with the Golf Wagon to account for 2,073 sales during the month. Dealers now have full inventories of all Golf models, including the all-new TDI Clean Diesel. The Golf and GTI were recently named Car Guide's "best new car" and have also been recognized with a "top safety +" designation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Another vehicle with a "top safety +" rating is the Jetta, Volkswagen's best-selling car. A substantial 2,381 were sold in September. The 2015 version of the popular sedan is now available at dealers and features a restyled exterior combined with an elegant new interior. This new styling, along with a host of the latest driver safety aids including blind spot awareness, forward collision warning and rear cross traffic alert, make the Jetta such a solid value.

Volkswagen sales by model line for the month of September 2014:

Volkswagen   September 2014  Year to Date
Golf              2,073          8,061
Beetle             171           1,616
Jetta             2,381         25,216
Eos                32             384
Passat             638           6,057
Tiguan             846           8,159
Touareg            240           1,674
TOTAL             6,381         51,167

About Volkswagen Canada:

Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario. It is the largest volume European automotive nameplate in Canada, and sells the Golf, Golf Wagon, Golf GTI, Beetle, Jetta, Eos, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg through 136 independent Canadian Dealers. It is the leader in affordable TDI Clean Diesel vehicle sales in Canada, and forms part of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and is Europe's largest automaker.

Visit Volkswagen Canada online at

Volkswagen Canada
Spokesperson: Thomas Tetzlaff

Source: Volkswagen Canada

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